Some Web Sites Stop Anonymous Accounts
An insidious, nearly invisible, movement is affecting commenting on the Internet. If you post on different websites, such as news media websites, you are seeing a change from the past when you could open an account with a name, avatar and email address. The name could be almost anything, including Hitlerkissedblitzen.
Comments often are from trolls, or from people who should not be using a computer to communicate to the world. Fights using words, created not with a pen or typewriter on paper, but from electrons, are frequent. Hot heads often destroy chains of thought with displays of idiocy.
Many blog mistresses use moderators to reduce the amount of hate and trolls. Software for blogging has routines built in to stop trolls and “hot” words. But, there is a new bully on the way. A software program (if it is on the Internet, it is by software) is now being used in a way to pre-screen posters in a way that blogging software cannot. It is being used to reduce anonymous posting in a way the blogging software cannot. And, it is literally free for all to use.
I first came across this act a few months ago. I cannot remember the website, except that it was one I rarely posted to so the change in how to post was not as much a surprise as a question mark in my head. Putting it as a fluke in some switch in how my account was setup, I went on and did not return except to read an occasional column.
More frequently I came across the grocery store of posting using a few social media sites. Fine, I used one of my many names to log in and post. Now there are sites that use one of several hundred sites to log in to post. However, in the last week I noticed one of those sites eliminating log ins from a few of the anonymous log in sites. “Strange”, I thought until I realized that the only log in sites were those that used “real” names.
Then it happened. One news media site I frequent went to one log in site only. Two weeks later another one changed to the single log in site. The last week a major media site changed to a single log in site.
The move is to only posting on Facebook, linked to the media site. Facebook was often one of several means to post, but now it it the only way. I know that most of the world has Facebook pages, personal, commercial and non-profit. I have a couple myself, political, used for my previous attempts to be elected by the good people of my former home city.
Huffington Post changed during the last week. The reason is to promote civil discourse. The way to do that:
Connect your verified Facebook account. All of your past Huffington Post comments will be displayed with the name associated with your connected Facebook account as well as your Huffington Post Username.”
The Reason HuffPost Is Ending Anonymous Accounts
Yup, you get to have as much anonymity as Facebook allows. Also, it connects usernames to Facebook. Oh that really does makes discourse nice. And, it eliminates most posters who do have a reason to not have their comments associated with their name. Huffington Post used to be a wide open and fun site. Now it is AOL and as much fun as a used shoe. The Annapolis Gazette did this change too. As have other sites. The Internet may be growing up, but it is also being turned into a corporate press release.
Often the Congress and especially the religions try to restrict what is discussed and seen on the net. Corporations are doing it more and better (if restricting speech and thought is good) than any law or sermon can. The Federalist Papers would never have been published on Huffington Post now. Sad.
The world grows and the world shrinks.
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